A former State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, has denied accusations made against him by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Wike, had in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, accused Flag-Amachree of importation of alleged thugs and miscreants from other states under the guise of #EndSARS protests to destabilise Rivers and cause a breach of peace. Wike threatened to resume proceedings on criminal charges his regime had slammed on the former Chairman of Asari Toru local government which the state later applied to discontinue.
But in reaction to the governor’s claims, on Tuesday night, Flag-Amachree told The Neighbourhood that Wike was only angry that the Tuesday protests in Port Harcourt by youths passed on peacefully. “There were other protests today(Tuesday), and the one I joined was just one of them. Why didn’t the governor pick on them other than the one I joined which was in the exercise of my right as a Nigerian? Under the Nigerian Constitution, people have the right and freedom of association. So, Wike was not happy that the protests went on peacefully against what he had planned. That broadcast was what he prepared in the morning, but when he watched and saw that events went against him, he became angry. If not, why pick on one of the protests.”
Flag-Amachree, who told The Neighbourhood that he joined the Tuesday protest to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to Nigerians’ request that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, be disbanded, having been a victim of bad policing, denied importing youths from other states for the protest. “It is only someone like the governor who could muster resources for such huge enterprise. I don’t have such capacity, and come to think of how I would have accomplished such without being detected by security agents, had I even the resources.”
He continued: “I was a victim of bad policing where Wike, working with the police, got me detained at about 5.00pm, and charged me to court by 9.00am (the following day). I was not arrested but was detained and charged to court just in a few hours time, without any investigation.
“Wike can’t be governor (of Rivers State) forever. He is into his second term in office and shall one day leave the office”
On Wike’s allegation that he led the protest, Flag-Amachree told The Neighbourhood that he joined the protest like any other protester to express his rights. “I did not lead the protest but joined the about fifteen thousand youths just like any other person, to thank Mr. President for his response to the demands of Nigerians on SARS, and to further call for a reformed Nigeria Police Force. Like I said earlier, I was a victim of bad policing and saw that as an opportunity to add voice to the clamour for a better Nigeria Police. What was wrong with that?”
Governor Wike’s Special Assistant(Media), Kelvin Ebiri, could not be reached as of the time of this report.